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Welcome to the Whitchurch Parish Council website.
Whitchurch village is a small parish of about 476 properties and just over 1000 electors, located in Bath and North East Somerset, just south east of Bristol & west of Bath. Please use the map link to view the village location. There has been a Parish Council in the village since 1894.
Whitchurch village has a pub, primary school, playfield, cemetery, community centre, two churches and many businesses, including the general stores. The Parish is bisected by the busy A37 road.
This website, which has been recently refreshed, has been set up to raise the profile of Whitchurch Village and that of the Parish Council. We hope the information the website provides will be a valuable resource for all things connected with Whitchurch Village. Whether you are a resident of the village, seeking to move into the area, or just visiting the area we hope you’ll find something on this website to interest you.
We’ve included articles on how the Parish Council operates and the dates of our meetings, some of the village history and also events that we know are happening in Whitchurch in the coming months. We also provide details of a number of organisations that operate within the village. However, if there is something you think we’ve missed, do please let us know by using the feedback form and we’ll consider updating the site.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.
Housing & Planning in Whitchurch Village
The issue of large scale housing development in our Village has been an emotive & sensitive topic for a number of years now. The Parish Council & local people have fought hard to retain the Green Belt as it stands.
Ultimately, Central & Local Government policies are imposed and you can read about some of this using the following link for Bath & North East Somerset Core Strategy: - www.bathnes.gov.uk/corestrategy
The current situation is that the Planning Inspector (Central Government) has agreed BANES Core Strategy which means that against our wishes Whitchurch Village will have to accept 200 houses on top of the Barrett's development of 47 at Sleep Lane where building has already commenced. Whilst the Core Strategy will take the policy through until 2029, reviews will take place every few years, and overall policy may change if there is a change in Central Government.
With this in mind, and looking towards the future, where we want to continue to protect the Green Belt, the Parish Council have agreed to produce a Neighbourhood Plan as quickly as possible. We would like a Forum to be created to work independently from the Parish Council and harnessing skills & knowledge from people who feel passionate about our village.
A Neighbourhood Plan will:
- Be created with the help of local residents, businesses & interest groups
- Protect community facilities
- Propose improvements to infrastructure
- Protect Green Belt
- Have legal recognition & be taken into account when planning applications are submitted.
The road to formulating the Neighbourhood Plan has a number of stages & will take some time. Current estimates are between 1 and 2 years.
We really do need your help to put this plan together,
please come along on Tuesday 7th October between 7&9pm, Whitchurch Village Community Centre.
All those people who really care about the future of our village are invited.
Whitchuch Village Fete Report – 2014
Some people in Whitchurch braved the rainy weather last weekend to attend the 38th Annual Village 'Underwater' Fete which was held in Greensmore Field on Bank Holiday Monday.
The Fete was opened by BBC News Presenter Alex Lovell, who came prepared with her brolly and praised the Organisers for their hard work throughout the year.
Although there were disappointing numbers through the gates, the Flower Tent was full of exciting entries and the show went on with events in the arena including Enchante Baton Twirlers, Shaolin Wushu display, family sports and Ferretworld, with teams of children racing ferrets down tubes. Children visited the Beau Street Hoard tent to make a replica Roman coin, the Midsomer Norton Brass Band played and the Tea tent sold their scrumptious cakes.
Volunteers of all ages worked together to make the day as successful as possible. The Barn Dance in the marquee with the 'Granny Smiths' on the Saturday night was enjoyed by all, and luckily it stayed dry for the popular Sunday car boot sale.
Have a Field Day!
On Saturday 6th September 2014 Whitchurch Parish Council held the first ‘Have a Field Day’ at the play–park. This was set up through the Fields in Trust organisation. – www.fieldsintrust.org
After some rain first thing in the morning, the sun broke through as the organisers arrived to set up various games including a Bouncy Castle, Inflatable Penalty shootout, giant Connect 4, a Face Painting tent, races, tog o war and other games. We were joined by St John’s Ambulance to whom we are grateful for their attendance although thankfully their expertise was not needed.
All the entertainment was free & those parents & children who came along thoroughly enjoyed the event, with much laughter & a deal of competiveness in the tug o war & racing events ably organised by Matt Donovan.
The main purpose of the event was to celebrate the commemoration of the Field & Play Park as a permanent & protected green space for the Community , under the Fields in Trust banner as part of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee.
The event was opened by Ashton Broad, Chair of Whitchurch Parish Council who explained why the event was taking place, and introduced local celebratory chef, Josh Eggleton from the Pony & Trap, Chew Magna, www.theponyandtrap.co.uk, who kindly unveiled the plaque
The afternoon was deemed to be very successful, with a good number of children & parents of all ages enjoying the free entertainment in the glorious sunshine.
The CATT bus may be able to help you.
This is a door to door service to those who are unable to access mainstream transport.
For residents in receipt of a concessionary fare card, there is no charge for travel. Residents who are not in receipt of a travel card will be charged £3.00.
Residents need to phone, 0117 377 3450 to book a seat and will be advised of a pick up time. Alternatively residents can email South Bristol Community Hospital
See leaflet for more details. Open Leaflet
Christmas Lights switched on in Whitchurch Village – 2013
Last Friday 6th December saw our village switch on the Christmas Lights for the second year in succession. The Parish Council had commissioned some extra ‘shooting stars’ to be placed on lampposts along the centre of the village & we hope that people enjoy the display.
On a dry but crisp evening some 50 people turned out to see a bell ringing Father Christmas arrive in style in an open-top Audi after a short tour of the village. The traditional countdown to turn on the lights worked well and Ashton Broad said a few well chosen words to thank various parties who had worked so hard for the event to take place. After he had turned the lights on, Father Christmas then gave the children gifts, sweets & chocolates.
This was a lovely community event with Christmas carols sung by everyone in the Millennium Garden and the familiar tunes of ‘While shepherds watched their flocks by night’ & ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, could be clearly heard despite some heavy traffic. The children then gathered around Father Christmas under the tree and sang ‘Away in a manger’ beautifully. The celebration continued in the Church Hall, where complimentary home made mince pies & mulled wine was served to the congregation by willing volunteers.
May we extend our thanks to everyone who helped on the night, which was deemed to be a huge success.
Avon Glen Pipes and Drums
Wanted Drummers for Highland Bagpipers
Fancy trying something new or learn a new skill with friendly people? A local Community Band of ordinary people in Bristol seeks members now. We play the Highland Bagpipes and we are looking for members. Don't worry if you have never played a drum before, we will help you get started. A friendly group waits to meet you every Thursday evening at 8pm.
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